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Annan calls for more aid, fairer trade and green revolution for Africa

Africans have undertaken a remarkable struggle over the past 10 years to confront the three overarching challenges of greater security, better development and respect for human rights, but the magnitude of the continent’s needs leaves little room for complacency, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said last night.

Senegalese fleeing to Gambia from clashes in south now total 6,200, UN reports

Refugees from Senegal’s southern Casamance region, fleeing sporadic fighting between Government and separatist forces, continue to pour into Gambia, with the number now reaching 6,200 since mid-August, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Lebanon: UN agency concludes operation to feed 810,000 mostly displaced people

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today wrapped up a successful three-month operation in Lebanon to feed over 810,000 people displaced or otherwise affected by this summer’s fighting between Israel and Hizbollah, providing nearly 13,000 tons of food throughout the country.

Final seat on Security Council remains undecided after latest day of voting

The United Nations General Assembly today remained deadlocked after a fifth day of voting in the contest to fill a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the Latin American and Caribbean region, with Guatemala maintaining its lead over Venezuela but falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

UN human rights experts reports human rights abuses in Mexican crackdown on Oaxaca

An independent United Nations human rights expert has expressed concern about reports of serious abuses, including murder, perpetrated by a paramilitary group taking place amid the Mexican Government’s efforts to regain control of the city Oaxaca where protestors have run parts of the city for the past five months.

Trick or treat for UNICEF tonight, and help a deprived child

Don’t be surprised when you open your door to the trick-or-treat knock on Halloween tonight if you find a smiling child on the other side holding an orange box with the letters UNICEF boldly written in blue.

UN children rights expert gives Ukraine mixed report on a new protection model

Ukraine needs to substantially revamp its approach to protecting children or face serious negative consequences for future generations, an independent United Nations children’s rights expert said in a statement after a six-day visit at the month’s end.

DPR Korea: Annan hails resumption of talks on nuclear programme, urges early meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has repeatedly called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the six-party talks seeking to resolve the issue of its nuclear programme, today hailed news of their resumption and called for an early meeting.

Senior UN envoy for Lebanon ‘particularly disturbed’ by Israeli over-flights of Beirut

A senior United Nations envoy today expressed serious concern at continuing Israeli over-flights of Lebanon, especially intensive mock air raids over Beirut this morning, calling them a breach of the Security Council resolution 1701, which ended this summer’s conflict with Hizbollah.

UN official condemns murder of two Iraqi journalists calling it ‘extermination campaign’

The top official of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today strongly condemned the murder to two more Iraqi reporters – seen as part of a “campaign of extermination” against the media – and called on the authorities to offer better protection to the press.